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Community-based Education Centers

Community-based education centers may be a great option for continuing your education outside of the traditional classroom setting. Learn what types of programs are offered and how you can benefit from completing one.

Learning highly transferable skills can help you stay marketable in the workforce, especially as you move to new duty stations and new companies. Community-based education programs can help you develop and keep your workplace skills current. These programs typically take less time to complete than a traditional postsecondary program, which is a bonus if you move every two to three years like many military spouses.

Community-based education centers offer the following services:

  • Basic adult education to improve your reading, language, math and other basic skills
  • Test preparation courses for the GED, SAT, ACT and other exams
  • English as a Second Language courses
  • Career and technical education classes, provided by industry leaders, leading to work credentials in technical, trade, construction, entrepreneurial and other career technical fields

The following resources can help you locate your local community-based education center.

  • MilitaryINSTALLATIONS can help you locate your installation's Adult Education Center specialist. They can help you find resources in your local community. Select 'Adult Education Centers' from the list of programs and services, enter your installation or ZIP code, choose the radius you would like to search within and click ‘Search’ to find a point of contact near you.
  • The U.S. Department of Education website can assist you in locating your state's department of education office. On your state's site, research resources for areas such as adult education, arts, child care, higher education, humanities, libraries, special education, vocational rehabilitation, vocational-technical or other education.
  • Community College Finder can assist you in searching for community colleges in your area that may offer programs to fit your needs.

Completing a course or program through a community-based education center can offer you many benefits. You can learn a new skill, work toward a credential or postsecondary license or certification, prepare for various exams or simply work on improving your technical skills to make yourself more marketable as you begin your job search. Many community-based education centers offer courses at no cost to you, or, if you are eligible, you may be able to use My Career Advancement Account Scholarship or other sources of funding to help pay for your training.

Visit the Adult Learning Opportunities section of the Education, Training and Licensing lifecycle stage of MySECO for more information on adult education programs. You can also speak with a SECO career coach by calling Military OneSource at 800-342-9647 or use the Live Chat feature on the MySECO website for additional guidance.

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